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Global Commission on HIV and the Law: An Overview of Activities

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Eastern Europe Central Asia Regional Dialogue, Chisinau, Moldova, 18-19 May 2011

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Global Commission on HIV and the Law: An Overview of Activities

  1. 1. An OverviewEastern Europe Central Asia Regional DialogueChisinau, Moldova 18-19 May 2011<br />1<br />Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, <br />304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 906 5132 Fax: (212) 906 5023 <br />
  2. 2. Why?<br />Increasing attention to legal environments in the context of HIV (UN Secretary General, UNDP Administrator, UNAIDS Executive Director, UNAIDS Strategy, regional and country commitments etc.)<br />Yet, human rights violations increasing & with impunity<br />HIV responses struggling to produce high impact results due to adverse legal environments affecting most vulnerable communities, women and HIV- positive people<br /><ul><li>There is a need to objectively examine, understand and promote rights based laws and policies that will deliver good HIV, health and development outcomes</li></ul>2<br />Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, <br />304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 906 5132 Fax: (212) 906 5023 <br />
  3. 3. Goal<br />3<br /> To develop actionable, evidence-informed, human rights-based recommendations for effective AIDS responses that mitigate the impact of HIV and promote and protect the human rights of people living with and most vulnerable to HIV<br />Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, <br />304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 906 5132 Fax: (212) 906 5023 <br /> GCHL/MTG1/WP/6<br />
  4. 4. What?<br />4<br />Objectives<br />Outcomes<br />Analyse existing evidenceand generate new evidence<br />Develop rights-basedand evidence-informed recommendations<br />Increase awareness amongst key constituencies<br />Engage with civil society and strengthen their ability to campaign, advocate, lobby<br /><ul><li>Consolidated, coherent and compelling evidence base
  5. 5. Greater awareness among key stakeholders
  6. 6. Leadership of law and policy makers to create a positive legal environment
  7. 7. Public dialogue on social attitudes, human rights and legal issues relating to HIV
  8. 8. Civil society engagement</li></ul>Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, <br />304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 906 5132 Fax: (212) 906 5023 <br />
  9. 9. 5<br />3 mutually reinforcing axes<br />
  10. 10. Launch<br />6<br />Geneva, 24 June 2010<br />“Some 106 countries still report having laws and policies present significant obstacles to effective HIV responses”Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator<br />“We must stand shoulder to shoulder with people who are living with HIV and who are most at risk. By transforming negative legal environments, we can help tomorrow’s leaders achieve an AIDS-free generation” <br />Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director<br />Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, <br />304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 906 5132 Fax: (212) 906 5023 <br />
  11. 11. First Meeting of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law <br />Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, <br />304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 906 5132 Fax: (212) 906 5023 <br />7<br />
  12. 12. Key Issues<br /><ul><li>Laws and Practices That Effectively Criminalise People Living With HIV and Vulnerable to HIV
  13. 13. Laws and Practices That Mitigate or Sustain Violence and Discrimination as Lived by Women
  14. 14. Laws and Practices that Facilitate or Impede HIV-related Treatment Access
  15. 15. Issues of Law and HIV pertaining to children </li></ul>Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, <br />304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 906 5132 Fax: (212) 906 5023 <br />
  16. 16. Regional Dialogues<br />Why?<br />For a global commission to learn from and hear perspectives and experiences on HIV and the law from the regions….their scope, scale, impact, contours, nuance<br />An opportunity to stimulate constructive dialogue on issues on HIV and law between civil society and government in the region<br />To move beyond identifying problems to developing/ sharing practical solutions which are relevant to country realities … mobilising civil society (not just HIV CSOs) and government (not just NACs/NAPs/MoH)<br />9<br />
  17. 17. Regional Dialogue: Eastern Europe & Central Asia<br />Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, 304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017<br />10<br />
  18. 18. Regional Dialogue: Eastern Europe & Central Asia<br />Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, 304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017<br />11<br />
  19. 19. Participants at the Regional Dialogue<br />Government participants:<br />From ministries of interior, health, justice, legal departments, prisons, <br />From Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine<br />Civil society participants: <br />grassroots activists, HIV NGOs, PLHIV groups, sexuality and sex work coalitions, trade unions, academics & scholars, human rights lawyers.<br />From Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Slovakia, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan<br />12<br />Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, <br />304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 906 5132 Fax: (212) 906 5023<br />
  20. 20. Ownership & Follow up<br />Strengthening country engagement throughout the process: <br />Leverage influence of Commissioners/use Commission as a vehicle <br />Effectively mobilizing UNAIDS Cosponsors, broader UN family at regional and country level and key regional bodies at regional and country levels <br />Locating Regional Dialogues/ Commission meetings in countries that have expressed some interest and/or commitment or are considering law or policy reform<br />Purposeful selection of government participants in Regional Dialogues<br />Engaging broad range of civil society – i.e: groups working on human rights, harm reduction, women’s health, children’s issues, health and development<br />Involving game-changing opinion-makers at country/ regional level to increase dialogue and mobilization<br />Select 10 countries for follow up - announce when report is launched <br />Country roadmaps in 10 countries by 2012 – 20 countries by 2015<br />13<br />Secretariat, Global Commission on HIV and the Law UNDP, HIV/AIDS Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, <br />304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 906 5132 Fax: (212) 906 5023<br />
  21. 21. Thank You <br />www.hivlawcommission.org<br />14<br />

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